Diagnosis and treatment of adult cancers will take place in the department, with a range of treatments including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy, according to a statement released by the hospital last week.
The department is led by medical oncologist Dr. Vineetha Binoy, who is supported by a core team of two oncology nurses, with ancillary services including laboratory services, nuclear medicine and other specialties.
As well as in-patient services, a dedicated day care unit that can accommodate two patients at a time is already administering treatment to patients.
Adult cancer pain support, palliative care, antiemesis, transfusions, prevention and treatment of related infections, distress management and survivorship support will all be undertaken within the department. Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures will also be available and will cover bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, image guided biopsy, bone scans, thyroid scans, lumbar puncture and intrathecal chemotherapy, paracentesis and thoracocentesis.
Dr. Vineetha was a consultant in medical oncology at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre at Narayana Health in Bangalore, India, before taking up her role at Health City.
“A comprehensive cancer center is the need of the day in Cayman because of the observed rise in cancer incidence and the expense and practical difficulties involved when patients have to go abroad for an intense treatment that spreads over many months,” she said.
Future plans for expansion at Health City Cayman Islands include a radiation oncology facility, surgical oncology services and a PET scan unit, according to the hospital.
Speaking at the first of a series of medical education seminars hosted by Health City for Cayman’s medical community last month at the Grand Cayman Beach Suites, Dr. Vineetha spoke on hematopioetic stem cell transplantation in oncology.